The school building is under construction and the teacher is absent on most days. There is no child care centre under the Integrated Child Development Scheme and neither do the women get the benefit of ante-natal or post natal care from the Rural Health Service. Most women deliver their babies in their homes with the help of a traditional birth attendant and only in complicated cases are referrals made to hospitals because of the difficulty of transporting.
The villagers have organised themselves with the help of an NGO to demand individual and community forest rights under the Scheduled Tribes and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers Recognition of Rights Act. Especially the women, under the leadership of Utto Mudali, a widow with a paralysed arm, have been active in the battle for forest rights.